Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Speaking With The Agent Provocateur


If we became aware that a friend or neighbor routinely betrayed us, would we still speak with him?

When put in these terms, I would imagine that the answer is obviously not. Yet, our yetzer hara betrays us time and time again and we still listen to him!

First he acts as a provocateur and incites us to disobey the Ribbono shel Olam. Then, in act of utter chutzpah, he turns around and acts as an informer; telling Him just how disloyal we have been.

Since I am now aware of his modus operandi, how is it possible that I still fall for his provocations? If he were a human being, I would have absolutely no association with him.

And yet, I fall for the same trick over and over again; ensnared in a moment of weakness.

5 Comments:

At September 9, 2008 at 5:51:00 AM EDT, Blogger Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

hhhmmmm, I wonder who you are talking of here (?)

 
At September 9, 2008 at 9:03:00 AM EDT, Blogger chanie said...

So true....
Halevai we should all remember this when the yetzer hara speaks to us.

 
At September 9, 2008 at 12:56:00 PM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

It's sort of like that patch of snow that that is really ice with a dusting of snow on it. Yashar Koach on the post.

 
At September 9, 2008 at 10:09:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a story.

It was the middle of winter and snow was 3 feet deep outside. The Yetaer horah came to a very frum Jews house at dawn and said to him "What are you doing? You know how cold it is outside" Are you really gonna get up to go daven shacharis in this weather? You will freeze your feet off." The Frum Jew jumped out of bed and said to the Yetzer Horah. "You sure talk a lot but it wasnt too cold for you to get up about your business and try to talk me out of mine."

 
At September 11, 2008 at 2:37:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lubavitcher Rebbe said, "Opponents are evidence that you are moving forward."
To sweeten the judgments against me, I now thank Hashem in hisbodedus for the person giving me bizyonos. While this thank you may have shades of being disingenuous at the present time, I hope that one day it will indeed be genuine just as my response "very good" is now genuine. (SimpleJ)*****

Blessings from a noahide. the above (part)article is from you. Perhaps one day soon you will be able to thank your agent provocateur the same way, for keeping on at you (+ us) until we overcome our weak points. we should be thankful that *he* keeps coming back , giving us continuous opportunities to reject him.

 

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